Mission: Sunstrand is dedicated to furthering the usage of sustainable materials in new and innovative applications. We are the preeminent supplier of natural fibers reinforcements and fillers for the plastic and polymer composite industries. Our proprietary production processes ensure product consistency and our cutting edge surface functionalization chemistries yield fibers that are compatible with most major resin and manufacturing techniques.

In the News

This Louisville company will double its production with new Irish Hill HQ

A Louisville-based company that makes fiber and other products out of natural materials has moved into a new facility that will double its operational capacity. Sunstrand LLC mostly works with hemp, bamboo and the hemp-like plant, kenaf, to produce fibers that are used for thermal and acoustic insulation, as well as animal bedding, building materials, […]

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Growing hemp processing plant moves to Irish Hill

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UK Industrial Hemp Research Field Day is Aug. 11

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Aug. 8, 2016) — The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host an industrial hemp field day Aug. 11 at UK’s Spindletop Research Farm in Lexington. The field day begins at 8 a.m. with donuts and coffee provided by Sunstrand. At 9 a.m., UK’s industrial hemp research team will introduce […]

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Kentucky-based processing company uses hemp to replace plastic and glass fibers

Can you imagine a kayak made of Kentucky hemp? How about your favorite coffee mug, or flowerpot? Better yet, your car? Thanks to a Louisville startup and its research and development through the Kentucky Hemp Pilot Program, it may not be long before that’s the case!   Kentucky-based hemp processor, Sunstrand, is turning Kentucky’s hemp crop […]

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Hemp could be a weed worth cultivating

JUNE 20, 2016 – Indiana has tried for decades to eradicate a cousin of the marijuana plant. But that long-time attempt has now come at a cost, as industrial hemp has the potential to become a new cash crop for farmers. The Hoosier state’s reluctance to reconsider its attitude toward ditch weed also has it […]

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Composites World: Sizing Up Natural Fibers

Bio-fibers are hydrophilic and tend to bond poorly with polymers. Sundstrand’s (Louisville, KY, US) tells CW what’s done to improve bio-fiber/polymer adhesion. MAY 3, 2016 – A bio-fiber’s status as “natural,” as opposed to synthetic, has consequences. The two of most concern to composites manufacturers are its hydrophilic nature, and its poor bonding properties with […]

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Composites World: Natural fiber composites: Market share, one part at a time

New suppliers and adventurous composites fabricators put the feel good aspect in the rearview mirror, winning customers by competing on price and performance. MAY 3, 2016 – With decades of development work behind it, the natural fibers industry is maturing. Indeed, it appears to be on the verge of leveraging the products’ numerous cost, performance […]

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Louisville Courier-Journal: A Growing Opportunity

Support for hemp in Ky. led company to locate in Louisville LOUISVILLE, KY, APRIL 14, 2016 –  Kentucky’s foray into industrial hemp has fueled a Louisville startup which is betting that natural fibers someday will become a key ingredient in hundreds of American-made products — furnace filters, kayaks, skis, even coffee mugs. Sunstrand was launched […]

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Louisville Business First: 20 People to Know: Trey Riddle

APRIL 15, 2016 Favorite way to spend time away from work: With family, on walks and beaches. Describe your company: Sunstrand is a manufacturer and supplier of biomaterials for a variety of technical and industrial applications. Our focus markets are polymer composites, plastics and technical nonwovens. Basically, we take raw agricultural feedstocks (bamboo, kenaf, flax, hemp) and […]

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Press Releases

LAND Forum

Sunstrand is proud to play a role in the LAND forum in Shelbyville this past week. This Agricultural and Manufacturing forum provided a great way for the community to network and share lessons in the industry. We look forward to continuing our commitment to the community and this growing industry.

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Sunstrand moves HQs to larger facility to increase production

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Canola Feasibility Study, Fiber Processing Facility Expansion Among Seventeen Agricultural Investments Approved

More than $1.5 million invested in Kentucky Agricultural Development Funds FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2017) –The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $1,599,412 for 17 agricultural diversification and rural development projects and programs across the Commonwealth at its monthly board meeting. Hemp Support Kentucky Hemp Research Foundation Inc. was approved for $2,000 in Floyd County funds. The funds […]

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Local 7th-grader uses Sunstrand material in science project

LOUISVILLE, KY – America’s preeminent supplier of natural fibers reinforcements and fillers is playing a key part in a local student’s Science Fair project this weekend. Louisville-based Sunstrand donated four pounds of Kentucky-grown hemp, cut into half-inch fibers, to 13-year-old Gus Dillon. Dillon, a seventh-grader at St. Francis of Assissi School in Louisville, is investigating […]

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Sunstrand founder to speak at CAMX conference

LOUISVILLE, KY – Sunstrand founder and CEO Trey Riddle will give two presentations at next month’s CAMX conference in Anaheim, Calif. The conference runs from Sept. 26-29 at the Anaheim Convention Center. It aims to connect thousands of people from all aspects of the world’s composites and advanced materials communities. Industry leaders and newbies alike […]

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Sunstrand Founder, KYHIA President To Speak At Hemp Conference

LOUISVILLE, KY  – Newly-named KYHIA President Trey Riddle will be one of the featured speakers at the Science of Industrial Hemp Conference this summer. The two-day event takes place at the Embassy Suites in downtown Denver on July 28-29. Riddle founded biomaterials provider Sunstrand in his native Kentucky in 2014, shortly after the state moved […]

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Sunstrand Awarded $150,000 Research Grant

LOUISVILLE, KY — Sunstrand Co., a Kentucky-based biomaterials processor, has been awarded a $150,000 research grant to help further the 2-year-old company’s development of natural fibers products. In particular, Sunstrand is evaluating a novel line of natural fiber mats for acoustic and thermal applications. The grant, from the National Science Foundation, is aimed at helping […]

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KYHIA Names Sunstrand Founder Trey Riddle New President

LOUISVILLE, KY — Sunstrand CEO Dr. Trey Riddle has been elected president of the Kentucky Hemp Industries Association. Riddle’s Sunstrand, a 2-year-old company providing biomaterials and processing services, specializes in converting hemp and similar agricultural feedstocks into fibers and fillers that are compatible with plastics and other applications. Prior to starting Sunstrand in Louisville, Ky., […]

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Sunstrand is operating the only commercial hemp decortication facility in the US

Sunstrand is operating the only commercial hemp decortication facility in the US. Our pilot line has a 6M pound a year capacity and is designed to get this industry off the ground. We produced the first industrial scale bale of hemp fiber in over 60 years.

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